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Ditch the mama guilt in 3 steps

By Rebecca Hooton Before having her first child, Katie* was a human resources manager. She was organised and kicking goals in her career, and expected to do the same as a mother. “She was convinced that her baby had to stick to the routine in the parenting book she’d been …

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Learning to smile again after PND

By Josie Smyth I am PROUD to be talking about my journey through postnatal depression. It was an incredibly challenging time – having experienced it with both of my children – but, after having gone through it, I am now a better, healthier and happier person and for that, I …

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How to not want to murder your baby-daddy

By Amelia Phillips Relationships are tough at the best of times… then throw in a kid or two (or more!) and many a couple have crumbled under the load. So how can you keep the love ALIVE when you have bambinos? I asked clinical psychologist and relationship expert Jacqui Manning, …

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How to be spontaneous when you have a baby

By Natalie Bascur Being spontaneous when you have a baby? Bahahaha! When you’re in the throes of mamahood (especially in those early months), you probs feel like you’re always missing out on having fun, especially when childless friends text you to catch up last minute at a cocktail bar or …

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The shock of new mum loneliness (and how to ease it)

By Dr Nicole Highet The loneliness of new motherhood can come as a BIG shock. For most mamas, it hits after the flood of visitors have been and gone, partners have gone back to work (often too soon), and life has become a cycle of feeds, nappies and sleep (and …

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Morning rituals and why you need one

Oprah Winfrey has one, Ariana Huffington has one, even Richard Branson has one. The morning ritual. It’s the key to surviving stress AND keeping sanity intact. While these icons are clearly running global businesses – surviving a typical mama day and trying to juggle our own hopes and goals, is …

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How to take care of yourself, first #selflove

By Angela Simson, The Gratitude Project I love that the word ‘self-love’, or ‘selfish’ is no longer being used as a negative in my mind. Being selfish, in a way that doesn’t take away from others, is crucial to me and my happiness. But I wasn’t always like this. I …

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5 of the best homemade body scrubs

Homemade beauty treatments are inexpensive and super-easy to make … even the busiest of mamas can squeeze a little exfoli-awesomeness into a day – #homespa. PLUS, you know exactly what you are putting on your skin – no nasties, no additives, just simple everyday ingredients you have at home. Time for …

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5 ways to max your (minimal) sleep

By Melissa Ambrosini We all know that once you have kids, sleep is pretty much a thing of the past (well, for a little while i.e. five years at least!). So, how can you make the most of the zzzzzzs you do get? 1 // GO DARK Make the room as …

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10 easy ways to be a zen mama

By Alisha Kinna Zen is about spiritual awakening. Zen is yin and yang, nothing yet everything, beginning and end. In fact, zen means a lot of things, but the one key thing it encompasses is experiencing the present and finding peace in the basic miracle of life. However, when you’ve …